Since whatever you do for the “least of these” is like doing it for Jesus, then what better way to bless Jesus on his birthday than to serve the poor. Actually it is a great thing to do all year long, but growing up in my family, it became a Christmas tradition, one that I seek to pass onto my children.
This year Ralph and I chose to help our kids bless a ministry called “Sibongile”, a night and day care center for kids with cerebal palsy (www.sibongile.org).
We baked Christmas cookies for the house mothers that take care of these children, day and night. The ladies from the Justice ACTS ministry, S-Cape home (www.s-cape-home.org), where I serve, helped to bake and deliver them.
We then delivered the cookie packages on Christmas eve and prayed with the house mothers and took time to love on the children. It was so fun to see the ladies from S-cape being able to give back at Christmas, or pay it forward. They were lifted from the victim status to ministering servants with much to give.
Hoping that though my kids are young, they will start to get that Christmas is not about what they ask for and unwrap. It is deeper, much deeper and found in the smile of someone you bless with love, especially those that Jesus identifies with, the poor.
Sometimes you never know if they are really getting it and then you are blessed with a gift like when I asked Lukas last week what he wants to be when he grows up. He thought a minute then exclaimed, “I want to cook food and then put it out on our wall for the homeless.” I actually have a lot to learn from him….